Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

The 36-year-old was treated earlier this season for an irregular heart rhythm The 36-year-old was treated earlier this season for an irregular heart rhythm
Rita Gibson | 12 March, 2018, 20:32

Manager Jose Mourinho said in January Carrick will take up the club's offer of a first-team coaching role at the end of the season.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has officially confirmed that he will not play for Manchester United beyond this season. "It's something that you have got to accept".

"There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football".

"I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you", he replied when asked whether he was retiring. Despite these worldwide appearances, the midfielder has only made one appearance at a major tournament for England, often being overlooked in favour of the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.

Since arriving at United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, Carrick has appeared in 463 matches for The Reds and won 34 England caps.

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Last season's Europa League triumph completed Carrick's sweep of domestic and European club trophies.

But the midfielder has made just four appearances in all competitions all season due to a heart condition that has forced him into retirement. He has scored a total of 24 goals for Manchester United, who are now placed at the second position in the league, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.

"I had a problem in the Burton game it started in the second half, had a few tests and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week".

"I'm totally fine now, took a bit of time to get over".

'I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really.

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